5 Tips for Buying Santa Barbara Wine

Buying Santa Barbara wine can be a difficult task with so many incredible options to choose from. This region is known for its delicious and varied wines, so it’s tough to know where to start. From prices to brands to flavors, you’re going to want to make an informed choice. That’s why we put together this list of 5 tips for buying Santa Barbara wine.

1. Taste

There’s only one way to know if you like a wine or not, and that’s by tasting it. There are many wineries to choose from when scheduling a wine tasting in Santa Barbara and each one has its merits. Check out our list of the most popular Santa Barbara wineries in 2015 to help you decide on which one to visit.

2. Plan

There’s a type of wine for every occasion, so don’t make the mistake of buying wine without a plan. Do your research! Wine pairings go beyond the white wine with fish rule. There are many combinations and guidelines. So figure out what you’d like to purchase this wine for and go from there.

3. Communicate

No one is as informed about wine as the wine seller you’re purchasing it from. They are certified wine experts, also called sommeliers, and they can help inform your choice. So make sure to communicate what you’re looking for and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Sommeliers love talking about wine!

4. Budget

Know your budget ahead of time and plan accordingly. Don’t get carried away by fancy labeling or marketing. Also be aware that just because a wine is more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Sellers price wine based on how much they think they can convince people to spend on it, so choose your wines wisely.

5. Experiment

It’s important to be open to trying new kinds of wines and new blends. You can do this by going to wine tastings or just buying a totally new brand or wine type. You might miss out on ever finding the perfect wine for your palate if you never try new ones!

So you see wine isn’t just for people who know what “sommelier” means. If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to get the full Santa Barbara wine valley experience. And while you’re in the neighborhood, come rest your head at Marina Beach Motel. We’ll help you nurse your hangover!